When you have a ton of work deadlines that are yet to be met, and you dropped everything just to listen to Alden Richards sing a piano acoustic version of I Will Be Here.

It’s SOOOOO GOOD. So good, that I looked like this -> :dream: the entire time that I was watching the video. So good, that I had to write a blog about it even if I haven’t written anything here for quite some time.

The thing with singing with just an acoustic instrument as accompaniment is that, the singer has no place to hide the flaws in his voice. For a non-singer like Alden, this is such a fearless thing to do: sing with just the piano to back him up. He did so well here. No bum notes and just a slight hint of hoarseness on some parts. It’s actually a brilliant idea to not edit out that short part where he missed his cue because that only proves that he sang LIVE. :clap:

Finally, that last note: SUBLIME. :drool:

Who is his vocal coach these days? I want to treat him/her to dinner. Seriously.

Dear GMA Records: can you please release this version as a single? As in this LIVE piano acoustic version. I’ll be more than willing to buy it. Including it on the next album would be nice, too.

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Yesterday was the first day of ticket selling for the Manila leg of Super Junior’s Super Show 7.

Yesterday – actually, for the past several days – there’s this thing being brought up by the younger generation of K-pop fans. That is, the current K-pop acts are more successful because they are raking in millions of views in record time on YouTube compared to the “old” K-pop artists.

Yesterday, the hashtag #TITASOFKPOP surfaced on Twitter.

And yesterday, I realized that I am a Tita of Kpop. :lol: (Note to non-Pinoys: ‘Tita’= ‘auntie’)

During the height of BTS at the 2018 BBMAs where they *almost* broke the Twitter record set by AlDub and Eat Bulaga, one of my beloved bashers Tweeted that there’s no indication that me, Agent P, is a K-pop fan. :ehh: Therefore, more than a decade of me blogging about Korean entertainment is what… just me being a troll? :think:

Don’t answer that. :lmao:

A brief history for the new readers of this blog: I started becoming a staunch supporter of anything Korean in 2005. June 2005, to be exact. My baptism of fire with K-pop happened in July 2005 when I made an impromptu trip to Hong Kong just to see Rain. In fact, the monicker Agent P was borne out of my being a fan of BiKyo (Rain and Song Hye Kyo of Full House fame). It was given to me by a fellow Soompier (Bambiina, who’s a big BTS fan now), when Soompi was still a haven for fans of Korean entertainment as it was a place where we could freely discuss anything about our biases and we will not be judged for it. I became Agent P because I can spot things about Rain and SHK that most fans do not notice.

I have this whole blog as testament of my being a Kpop/Kdrama fan. However, I’ve kinda lost track of anything Korean in 2015 when I became an active fangirl of Alden Richards. I only get my updates from socmed posts of friends who are still into it, and my teen-aged nieces who are now into it. :hihihi:

Going to that topic of current Kpop acts being more successful than old Kpop acts because of YouTube hits: first of all, you cannot use that as an accurate measure of success because YouTube back in my day (which is 13 years ago) is nothing like the YouTube of today. Back in the day, YouTube – social media, in general – was not considered an influential marketing tool. We only upload videos for entertainment and media sharing, and nothing else.

Back in the day, only a few countries have really fast internet connection. Most of us cannot keep up with the ultra-fast internet connection of South Korea, that the only way we catch our favorite Korean shows and MVs was through downloads. Very, very few outside Korea were able to stream in real time. Streaming wasn’t even considered when talking about TV ratings and record sales back then. It is for this reason why the extremely popular drama You Are Beautiful had low TV ratings. Its target audience was the younger viewers who watch TV via real-time streaming; their viewership was not included when ratings were calculated.

Back in the day, the term HD was non-existent. By HD, I meant High Definition and not ADN’s favorite HD, Hidden Desire. :rolleyes: For us Lumang Tao ng K-pop (Ancient People of K-pop), HQ (High Quality) was the most prized video resolution. HQ meant a video size in 640×480 pixels. :lol: When HD came along, it was 720p. And because high-speed internet was quite rare for the ordinary non-Korean netizen, a person who possesses internet connection that can quickly download a HQ video with a 700mb file size was considered a hero. :clap: Said hero would have to invest in that God-given invention known as a CD/DVD burner because she would be everyone’s source of MVs and K-drama/variety show episodes. I still remember when I had to learn how to edit, hardsub and convert video files to be shared to those who cannot watch videos with soft subs. Oh, and remember when we searched high and low for that perfect media player that can play any video format that’s burned on DVDs?

The younger generation will never understand all these, because they never experienced it. Nowadays, they can just click away and that’s it. Consider yourself lucky, kids.

But for us Titos and Titas of K-pop, those were good times. We’ve had many ‘difficulties’, so to speak, but as a result many real-life friendships blossomed because of it. Don’t count us out; these veterans have battled many wars that most of you might never go through. In fact, some of them are still there battling with you.

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I’ve been actively participating in the daily Alden HTs on Twitter but today, I found it extremely difficult to do so.

Today’s HT: #WelcomeToMyWorlDEN, in which we are asked to share snaps of our personal life so that A-fans, aka. The Blueys, may get to know each other better.

I have always been un-anonymous. My face has been very much exposed here on this blog, on social media, even on print and television for as long as I have been an active fangirl. That is, until some time in 2016 when I got plunged into this current fandom of mine where a small misunderstood post may cost you your entire life. And I’m not even exaggerating.

I used to unabashedly post my selfies with Alden, until people started pointing out my physical flaws – and boy, they are too many – that now, all my selfies with him are buried deep into my treasure chest of memories. Heck, I can’t even share my moments with him no matter how wonderfully happy they are, without a horde of socmed zombies crashing onto my party and ruining the memories. I just can’t let that happen anymore.

Mind you, I’m not even referring to just ADN or M-fans. Some of them are just within my own backyard, and they are more ruthless.

I know I shouldn’t let other people run my life. But it is what it is.

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You know that ecstatic feeling I had when Ricky Martin did that groundbreaking performance of The Cup of Life at the 2000 Grammys and subsequently winning the Best Latin Performance Award on that same night?

Or that burst of happiness when it was announced that Rain was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World? Well, the first one, anyway. :grin:

I’m having that very same feeling now.

Congratulations, Team Alaala! This recognition for the masterfully-crafted docu-drama capped with fine performances from its cast is truly well-deserved. :clap:

As for Alden Richards, my heart is bursting with pride at this latest feather on his already colorful cap. But somehow, I knew this would happen. He’s battered and bruised from all the stupid bashing lately – ironically, from within his own fandom… or is it? :rolleyes: :think: – and every time such a thing happens, Alden receives a blessing. The universe just works that way. :smile:

Greater things are coming your way, Alden. I just know it.

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(Apologies to my non-Filipino readers, if you’re still there. Parts of this entry will be written in the vernacular, for maximum effect. Nyahaha! :dizzy: )

As mentioned in my previous blog entry, I have officially returned to Twitter. And because some of my Tweeted photos became controversial – through no fault of my own because I just Tweeted photos which are not even behind-the-scenes and nothing else – a few ‘offended’ members of my former fandom (yes, I WAS part of that fandom, if you care to backread my blog entries in 2015 to early 2016) started yapping and throwing whatever they can throw towards me on Instagram.

Yes, on Instagram. Where I am NOT there. :lmao: My Instagram account has been dead for more than a year. But they’re attacking me there instead of on Twitter because they thought this IG account named _drizzylopez02 is Agent Pau, and the basis is the fact that said IG account posted my photos of Alden and Sanya Lopez from Sunday Pinasaya with captions that would surely piss off the easily-pissed off ADN. They could’ve saved themselves from stressing out if they just bothered to directly ask me on Twitter if I own that IG account and I really said those things that they are accusing me of, but NOOOoooo! Where’s the fun in that, right? :grin: They’re obviously bored and looking for something to dump their frustrations in life on, and Agent Pau – or whoever they think is Agent Pau – became the poor target of their lashings.

Well, to set things straight: I AM NOT ON INSTAGRAM. I haven’t been there since January 2017.

It’s just so funny because, the comments are outright hilarious. :lmao: For one thing, most of them don’t even know who exactly they’re mad at. They have different descriptions of Agent Pau, and they accuse me of things that I don’t remember doing or statements that I don’t remember saying. :shrug: Then again, what else is new. It’s not like it never happened to me before. I mean, today is the anniversary of Coldplay in Manila, when I got severely bashed on Twitter for something I did not Tweet. It’s my former FC who Tweeted that; they only assumed it was me because I’m the most (in)famous member of the group.

Let me just comment on a few accusations in case anyone who needs clarification as to the identity of Agent Pau stumbles on this blog. My well-meaning friends might say, “hayaan mo na, wag na patulan”. Sorry ha, patola ako eh. Tsaka nagpapalipas-stress ako sa work. I haven’t written something like this in a long, long while. Bear with me for a bit. :smile:

1. Sino yung Agent Pau? – I’m not anonymous. A quick browse on this blog would show you my face.

2. Tinanggal na ‘yan ni Alden. – Hindi po si Alden ang ‘nagtanggal’ sa akin. Wapakels yun sa FC matters. At walang kinalaman sa personal n’yang buhay ang dahilan.

3. Hindi na s’ya nakakalapit kay Alden. – Tologoh??? Resibo policy po tayo. The accuser has the burden of proof. Show us proof na bawal na ako lumapit kay Alden. Eh tingnan n’yo lang yung Twitter posts ko on the month of March 2018, makikita n’yo na doon ang sagot.

4. Hindi na s’ya nakakapasok sa Broadway. – Ahm, magkaiba po yung ‘hindi nakakapasok’ sa ‘hindi nagpupunta’. So kung hindi na ako pwede pumasok sa Broadway kasi, sabi n’yo, marami akong ginawang atraso sa AlDub, sino yung nag-judge sa ACTually noong February 18, 2018? I even blogged about it.

5. Yung matabang sungki na nagtanong kay Alden sa BW – ‘Mataba’, check. ‘Sungki’, eep! Wrong! Kung sinabi n’yo pang may gap sa ngipin baka naniwala pa akong kilala mo talaga kung sino si Agent Pau. ‘Nagtanong kay Alden sa BW’, ahm ano po yung BW? Broadway o Boardwalk? Either way, I don’t remember asking Alden anything on BW. I did give him a birthday message on Broadway noong birthday celebration n’ya last year. Hindi tanong yun, message yun. In short, NI HINDI N’YO ALAM KUNG SINO ANG PINAG-UUSAPAN NINYO. Kawawa naman yung mga nababanggit na name na pinagkakamalan n’yong ako. Unfair naman sa kanila ‘yon.

6. Ni-link n’ya kay Sarah, then kay Sanya para inisin ang ADN – Sigurado kayong ako yan?

7. Sabi ni Agent Pau.. blah blah blah… Screengrab muna na sinabi ko nga ‘yan. As in ako talaga ang nagsabi at hindi kung sino-sinong pinagpipilitan ninyong ako ha.

8. Matabang baboy yan pero pumayat na kasi hindi na nabibigyan (kumikita). Hindi na kasi nakakalapit kay Alden. Eto medyo may kurot sa puso kasi, unang una, pumayat ako hindi dahil kay Alden kundi dahil sa personal matters ko sa buhay. Seryosong usapin ‘yon. Wala kayong alam kaya how dare you say those things.

Second of all, never akong kumita kay Alden. Nagastusan, oo. I patronize his projects, I buy the products that he endorses. Show of support yun eh. Ganon naman kasi talaga ang mag-faney, gagastos ka talaga whether you like it or not.

Third of all, akala n’yo lang hindi na ako nakakalapit. Wala nga kasi kayong alam. Hindi ko naman kasi kailangang ibalandra sa lahat ang mga moments ko kasi baka ikamatay n’yo lang sa ngitngit, ako pa masisi. :blink:

Basically, except for the first part of Item 8, I just laughed it all off. The only part that offended me is when some fans cropped off my photos including the watermark, pasted their own watermarks on them, and only used the all-purpose CTTO to credit the owner. :nono: That’s just downright disrespectful. Content creators are giving their time, money and effort just to be able to share something to the fandom, tapos yung iba d’yan ike-claim o makikihati ng credit kahit ang ginawa lang naman nila eh mag-edit and/or mag-repost. Ang kapal lang. :hmf:

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Reading all those confused comments on IG made me think. It’s either of the two: (1) It’s a case of mistaken identity, and they really thought that Agent Pau owns that IG account; or (2) that IG account who keeps on maligning me on IG until now, as well as those who keep on adding fuel to the fire by posting all those lies and accusations at the comments, know who Agent Pau is but s/he has a beef against me and is taking advantage of the situation to tarnish my name further with the fandom. :think: Which one is it?

Any which way, andiyan na ‘yan. Sanay na ako. At least I have given you something to talk about.

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